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Task Force Warns of Tsunami Debris

FLORENCE, Ore. — People along the Oregon Coast may soon see more tsunami debris washing up on our shores.

The Tsunami Debris Task Force made that announcement at a meeting in Florence Wednesday night.

It says the changing ocean currents this fall and winter will likely push debris closer to the coast. However, no one really knows what or when everything could arrive. The task force expects the debris to be a long term issue and will need some help making sure the beaches stay clear.

“Encourage everyone to volunteer where they can. If they can’t, we appreciate their support to those volunteer groups because they are really the backbone of what’s going to make this happen,” said Mike Caldwell, Tsunami Debris Task Force Chair.

The task force says the Department of Environmental Quality is watching potential radioactive material but has yet to find anything. There are still two known docks in the Pacific. No one has found them yet.

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